Will there be homes and markets in heaven?

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The question of whether there will be homes and markets in heaven invites an exploration into the biblical descriptions of heaven, primarily focusing on the Word of God.

Descriptions of Heaven in the Bible

The New Jerusalem

One of the most detailed descriptions of the heavenly realm comes from the vision of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21-22. This vision provides a symbolic and majestic depiction of the eternal dwelling place of God’s people.

Revelation 21:2-4 (NKJV) describes the New Jerusalem:

“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.'”

This passage speaks of the New Jerusalem as a city, suggesting an organized and communal living space. The imagery of a city often includes homes and places of commerce.

Homes in Heaven

Real people will do real things in heaven. The popular belief that the redeemed will be merely floating spirits on the clouds of heaven with nothing to do is against the teachings of the Bible.

City Home

In John 14:2-3 (NKJV), Jesus offers a comforting promise to His disciples about their future in heaven:

“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

The term “mansions” (Greek: “mone”) can also be translated as “dwelling places” or “rooms.” This indicates that there will be specific, prepared places for believers in the eternal kingdom.

Country Home

In Isaiah 65:21-22 (NKJV), we read about the redeemed:

“They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.”

This verse suggests that in addition to the city homes that Christ promised, the redeemed will also build their own dwelling places possibly in the country. The realities of the New Earth, the inexpressible wonder and beauty, the joy of God’s kingdom of glory, and the eternal home of the saved cannot be fully understood by our limited mind. All such knowledge is far beyond anything that men can now know (Isaiah 55:9). 

1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV) says:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him”

Markets and Economic Life in Heaven

The Arabic translation of the word “street” in Revelation 21:21 is “market.” Common sense suggests that there will certainly be markets in the New earth where the redeemed will share and exchange their goods, work, and possessions with others.

In Revelation 21:24-26 (NKJV), the nations bring their glory and honor into the New Jerusalem:

“And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.”

This passage suggests a flow of valuable things into the New Jerusalem, akin to the exchange of goods and wealth. This represents the sharing and abundance in the heavenly city.

The River of Life and the Tree of Life

Revelation 22:1-2 (NKJV) describes a scene that has implications for sustenance and provision in heaven:

“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

The imagery here includes a continual supply of life-giving water and fruit, suggesting that the inhabitants of heaven will have their needs perpetually met. The abundance and variety of fruits hint at a kind of divine provision that surpasses earthly markets.

The Nature of Heavenly Life

Perfect Provision and Community

In heaven, the need for economic transactions as we know them may be obsolete due to the perfect provision from God. Revelation 7:16-17 (NKJV) promises:

“They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

This indicates a state of existence where all needs are perfectly met, eliminating the need for traditional economic activities.

Work and Service in Heaven

Revelation 22:3 (NKJV) speaks of service to God in the heavenly realm:

“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.”

Service in heaven suggests purposeful and fulfilling activities. While it may not involve commerce as we understand it, there will be meaningful engagement in God’s kingdom.

Pleasures

Psalm 16:11 (NKJV) describes the eternal kingdom:

“In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

The saved will rejoice in their fellowship with God (Revelation 21:3). God created humans with an intelligent mind, creative faculties, and senses to appreciate life. Therefore, in that eternal kingdom, they will enjoy: learning, nature, music, arts, physical recreation, God’s creatures, adventures, explorations … etc.

Theological Implications

The Restoration of Eden

The imagery in Revelation often parallels the Garden of Eden, where God originally placed humanity. In Eden, Adam and Eve had their needs met directly by God and engaged in work that was fulfilling and untainted by sin.

Genesis 2:8-9 (NKJV) describes the provision in Eden:

“The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

Eternal Fellowship

The ultimate purpose of heaven is fellowship with God and among His people. The emphasis on homes and places in heaven points to personal and communal aspects of this fellowship.

Revelation 21:3 (NKJV) underscores this:

“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.'”

Conclusion

While the Bible does not provide explicit details about homes and markets in heaven, the imagery and principles found in Scripture allow us to infer several key points. Heaven, particularly the New Jerusalem, is depicted as a place of perfect provision, eternal dwelling, and meaningful service. The promise of “many mansions” and the description of the New Jerusalem suggest that there will be personal and communal spaces, reflecting a sense of home and belonging.

Economic activities as we know them may not be necessary in heaven due to the perfect and continuous provision from God. However, the imagery of nations bringing their glory into the New Jerusalem and the description of the river and tree of life indicate a form of divine abundance and sharing that surpasses earthly markets.

Ultimately, heaven is portrayed as a place of restored fellowship with God and among His people, where all needs are met, and every aspect of life is fulfilled in God’s presence. The anticipation of such a place encourages believers to look forward to the eternal home that Jesus has prepared, a place where they will dwell in perfect peace, joy, and communion with God and each other.

For more on the New Jerusalem, check the following article of Bible verses of The New Jerusalem.

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